Queen's Wattle Brooch On Display at the Powerhouse Museum in Sidney, Australia.

Queen's Wattle Brooch On Display at the Powerhouse Museum in Sidney, Australia.

The Wattle Spray brooch gifted to Queen Elizabeth II by the Australian government in 1954 is returning home to take up a starring role in the A fine possession exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum. The brooch was created especially for The Queen and is intended to symbolise the links between the Royal Family and Australia. Crafted from gold and Natural Yellow Diamonds, it is an exquisite and rare piece of jewellery, and will sit alongside other famous treasures at the Powerhouse.

During the 1954 Commonwealth tour The Queen’s State Gift from the Government and People of Australia was this diamond brooch in the form of a spray of wattle. It was designed and made by the Budapest born jeweller Paul Schneller and commissioned by William Drummond & Co. of Melbourne.

The yellow diamonds, representing the Australian wattle, are backed by blue-white diamonds in the form of mimosa leaves. The brooch also incorporates diamonds in the form of the blossom of the tea tree with, at the centre, a large white diamond.

The Queen wore the brooch on several occasions throughout her Australian visit, including a visit to Flemington Races in Melbourne.--